Materiality as Method: Communicating Through Form in Artists’ Books

Recipient Name: 
Caroline Fazzini
Faculty Mentor Name: 
Gretchen Bender
Librarian / Archivist: 
Kate Joranson
My project explores the relationship between the physical form of an object and meaning – particularly feminist narratives about materiality, gender and the body – and how both the artists’ books and periodicals address feminist issues, yet with the potential to reach and influence different intended audiences due to the mode and media that are used. Artists’ books are typically created in small editions and provide a relatively private and intimate viewing experience, whereas periodicals are intended for a wide public audience and are more publicly declarative. I examine the disparity that exists between these works’ projected audiences, which results in discrepancies in their materiality and content.
Caroline Fazzini presenting materials from her research